Talking of lynch mobs - 100 Years ago
There is a lot of debate in the below blog I posted about some local residents who set upon three suspected teenagers by shooting at them, ramming them of the roads, and then rolling boulders upon the teenagers when they were cornered. I’m fascinated to see so many voices trying to justify this action, and then this story caught my eye from the ‘100 years ago’ section of the Herald – looks like some of our right wing friends haven’t evolved much in 100 years.
Awful racial massacre in America
Dreadful anti-negro riots took place in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday. The newspapers of that day announced that five woman had been assaulted by negroes.
This statement enraged the whites, and they turned out and collected in angry mobs in all parts of the city.
A horrible massacre then began. Every negro found in the streets was attacked with pistols, knives, sticks and stones.
The police were powerless to stop the disorder. The Mayor drove to stop the disorder. The Mayor drove about the city appealing to the people to desist, but was disregarded. The fire brigade was turned out, and water was poured by them upon the rioters, but this measure also had no effect on the people.
The tramcars were searched for negro passengers, and when found they were dragged out and killed or severely beaten.
It was no protection to a negro that he was escorting a negress.
Finally the militia were called out, and they managed to restore order in the city, but the emeute was continued in the suburbs. It is feared that 30 innocent negroes have been murdered.